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DEPORTIVO WAS THE SIXTH BEST TEAM IN 2008

24 Dec 2008
The resurrection of Deportivo in the year 2008 has been pretty evident, the squad of Miguel Angel Lotina was the sixth side that conquered more points in liga, while the year meant the fifth best period in the last twelve years. Also to point out that Lafita ended as the best scorer for Deportivo within the last 12 months.

Without doubt the year 2008 has been one of the most successful ones in recent times, as a demonstration of this the fact that Deportivo has added 62 points in 37 liga matchdays played on the year (scoring 50 goals and allowing 41). Record that leaves Lotina’s side at the 6th place of the years table in Spain, just behind Villarreal, Barcelona (both with 74), Real Madrid (73) Sevilla (72) and Atl?©tico Madrid (63). Five clubs that are currently surpassing Depor in the current liga season.

Valencia, the other giant in Spain, is behind the Galicians with 55 points during the year. The other clubs in la liga are very far as RCD Mallorca and Racing Santander comes at the 8th place with 52 points added in 2008. The 62 points of the current year means an improvement of 15 points compared to 2007, this because the squad of Depor just added 47 points in that particular period. This improvement is the best one among the twenty clubs that started the year at Primera Divisi??n.

Actually, 2008 is the fifth best year for Deportivo since 1997, year in which each victory started to be awarded with three points:

Year

points

Matches

wins

draws

defeats

efectiveness

1997

56

43

13

17

13

43.41%

1998

57

35

16

9

10

54.29%

1999

75

40

22

9

9

62.50%

2000

64

37

19

7

11

57.66%

2001

75

40

23

6

11

62.50%

2002

61

35

17

9

9

58.10%

2003

79

40

25

4

11

65.83%

2004

60

38

16

12

10

52.63%

2005

58

38

15

13

10

50.88%

2006

43

37

11

10

16

38.74%

2007

47

39

12

11

16

40.17%

2008

62

37

19

5

13

55.86%

As the table shows up, only the years 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003 meant more points and a better percentage of effectiveness in la liga, though the year 2002 presented a better effectiveness since the squad played two less games and added just one point less.

In 2008, Deportivo played 37 matchdays at Primera Divisi??n, adding 19 victories, 5 draws and losing 13 encounters. As is happening in the current liga season, the secret is the performance at the Riazor, place that became a fortress for Lotina’s Depor. The Galician side played 19 liga matches at home during 2008, surprisingly it added 14 wins, 2 draws and only lost in three opportunities: 0-3 Vs Atletico Madrid (season 2007/2008), 0-2 Vs Villarreal (2007/2008) and 0-3 Vs Sporting Gij??n (2008/2009).

This means that 45 of the 62 points added in the year (73% of the total) were conquered at home. It’s also important to mention that Deportivo played five European games at the Riazor during the year, and that the team achieved four wins and one draw in those encounters, actually neither of the European rivals were able to score a single goal against Depor (Bnei Sakhnin, Hajduk Split, Brann Bergen, Feyenoord Rotterdam and Nancy-Lorraine). The only defeat suffered at home, apart form the ones in liga, was the Copa defeat with Espanyol in Copa del Rey (1-2), setback suffered in extra times.

LAFITA WAS THE BEST SCORER IN 2008
Angel Lafita has been the best scorer for Deportivo in 2008. The Aragonian conquered three goals in the last part of the liga season 2007/2008 and five in the start of the new liga campaign, he also scored one in Intertoto, reason why he has taken his tally to nine goals in 2008. Therefore the ex-Zaragoza man is the Pichichi of the year.

There are three players tied with six goals at the second place: Xisco, striker that was sold during the summer to Newcastle United. The Majorcan scored six goals in liga (three against Murcia, two against Racing and one against Valladolid). Sergio who scored five times in liga and one in Copa (five goals from the penalty spot), and Riki, Madrilenian attacker that divided his goals in all the competitions (3 in liga, 1 in Copa, 1 in Intertoto and 1 in UEFA). 

A thing to emphasise is that 17 of the 64 goals scored by Deportivo in all the competitions of the year, were conquered by the defenders at the squad (26.56% of the total). The defenders that scored for Depor in 2008 were: Lopo (4), Colotto (3), Pablo Amo (3), Coloccini (3), Filipe (3) and Z?© Castro (1)

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